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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 2 Years
Campus Location: Barnfield College

About the course

We work very closely with industry leaders, trainers, recruiters and industry advisors to inform the content of this course to ensure its currency and balance between both theoretical and practical experiences.

Alongside attending College regularly for classes, you will work closely with a number of Spa companies and major Spa employers in the UK and also complete a formal work placement.

You will experience innovative presentations and workshops from leading product companies and training in a variety of commercial spa treatments and techniques that employers expect.


During the course, you will:

  • Examine the range of activities that make up the spa industry and gain practical experience and the essential business skills you need to manage a Spa or start your own business
  • Develop your management skills and learn how to apply Financial, Marketing and Human Resource Management theory to the Spa environment
  • Take a high-level view of the international Spa industry, examining the strategic issues affecting development of the Spa concept in the UK and around the world
  • Work on your own research project, which creates an opportunity to critically analyse a particular area or field of Spa management that interests you

Working with local employers will give you practice, confidence and expertise in developing communications and management skills, complex booking, retail and stock management, Marketing, HR and financial aspects of running a successful Spa. Experience of working with fee paying guests, solving day to day operational problems gives you a deep understanding of business, develops your entrepreneurial and business skills and offers you every opportunity of gaining employment on your graduation.


Units

  • Accounting For Business (AAF016-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To Academic Study And Work-Integrated Learning In Salon And Spa Management (BSS508-1) Compulsory
  • Managing In The Salon And Spa Environment (BSS509-1) Compulsory
  • Principles Of Marketing (MAR001-1) Compulsory
  • Salon Operations And Management (BSS506-1) Compulsory
  • Applied Management (BBS012-2) Compulsory
  • Management Project (BSS026-2) Compulsory
  • Small Business Planning And Entrepreneurship (BBS006-2) Compulsory
  • Spa Therapies And Nutritional Well-Being (BSS502-2) Compulsory
  • Sustainable Business Management (BSS017-2) Compulsory

Assessment emanates naturally from the teaching and learning of the course. Experience of working with clients, planning and carrying out treatments is a key learning and assessment tool within the course and is used as formative and summative assessment. A range of assessment tools will be used including presentations, reports, practical applications of treatments, and examinations You will be asked to present and develop your ideas over a period of time recording them in a diary, log book and/or through a portfolio containing evidence that record the various treatments. Formative assessments will ensure understanding of the process and enable you to progress your ideas to fruition.

Entry Requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


You will be well-prepared for careers in the following areas:

  • International Spa management
  • International Salon management
  • Beauty Sales management
  • Beauty Practitioner
  • Salon proprietor

Further study

You can progress to the final year of an honours degree, such as the BA (Hons) Business Administration at the University of Bedfordshire.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree delivered at our Partner Institutions for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree delivered at our Partner Institutions for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student